Popular Internet Filmmaker

March 3, 2007

Popular Internet Filmmaker, Lisa Murray, Enters Burnett/Spielberg Fox Realty Show Contest, “On The Lot”


Hollywood, CA (PRWeb) March 2, 2007 — Lisa Murray, the independent filmmaker responsible for the popular Internet video, Free Hugs in Hollywood, (which has almost a half a million views and was recently featured on Yahoo’s home page), as well as the Grand Prize winner in Entertainment Tonight’s Search for the Caress Confidante (which won her a VIP trip to the Emmys with ET) has entered a trailer of her documentary, “I Have Dreams Dammit!”, in the new Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg reality show contest, On The Lot. Murray is hoping her lucky streak will land her a spot on Fox’s hot new reality show.

According to the show’s website, ‘ON THE LOT, executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks. Airing next spring on FOX, this unscripted series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers who will compete to win the support of the show’s viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote.’

“I am ready for an opportunity like this!” Murray explains. “Any other time, if you would have asked me if I wanted to be on a reality show, I would have said no! But this one is different, this is Mark Burnett, the king of reality shows, and Steven Spielberg, the king of filmmaking! For a filmmaker, this is the reality show to be on!”

Murray launched production on her feature documentary, “I Have Dreams Dammit!” (a film about the pursuit of a dream) during the Martin Luther King weekend. Some of the documentary subjects include a winemaker, a political activist, an entrepreneur, a music artist, and a painter. The film is seen through Murray’s eyes who is living the double life of pursuing her dream of becoming a full-time filmmaker while she holds down a full-time job to pay the bills.

Murray’s Hollywood dream has flirted with her, but she has yet to own it. She was the Grand Prize winner in Entertainment Tonight’s Search for the Caress Confidante in late 2005. Her “creatively scripted and directed submission” (ETonline.com) earned her the prize. After viewing hundreds of entries, celebrity casting directors selected five finalists whose video submissions aired on Entertainment Tonight a month before the Emmys. A panel of celebrity judges (including two Emmy award-winning actresses, Kathryn Joosten and Holland Taylor) were then given the final task of choosing the woman to be the first-ever Caress Confidante, which was announced two weeks before the 57th Emmys on Entertainment Tonight. The ET cameras followed Murray to capture her week of living like a star and viewers followed along by reading her blog entries and by voting on her designer dresses and shoes on ETonline.com

“If I am chosen as one of the 16 filmmakers, this will no doubt be the most incredible experience in my life! It will be like a crash course in all styles of filmmaking, intense competition, and human psychology!” Murray adds, “I’m ready for it! Bring it! (Dammit!)” As part of her documentary project, Murray has recently posted a video blog on the home page of her company’s website (http://www.SkyLifeProductions.com) calling for other dreamers to submit videos of their dreams. “I love hearing about other people’s dreams because it is very comforting to remember that I am not alone,” Murray explains, “there are many of us out there, struggling from day to day to go for something worthwhile, something bigger than just paying the bills.”

To view Murray’s submission video, or to read the comments left by viewers and by the filmmaker community On The Lot, please visit: http://films.thelot.com/films/26788

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